Flying out to Mendenhall Glacier.

 

Taking a helicopter to this thirteen mile long glacier just a short distance from Juneau was exciting with breath taking views of the glacier and the surrounding area, the mist and low clouds gave the ride a special touch as the mist rolled of the glass of the copter. Mendenhall has many names actually, the Tlingits call it Sitaantaagu and naturalist John Muir called it Auke, and is the fifth largest ice field in North America.

Of special note, Mendenhall has, since 1958, receded almost 2 miles! The glaciers within the Juneau ice field are the primary source of water for the surrounding population in and around Juneau and once they are gone these people will have to find another supply of water

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, May 2015

The view of Mendenhall Glacier from above.

Shooting through the plexi-glass bubble of the helicopter taking us up for our walk-about was challenging but, you have to pick shots with impact like this one above.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, 2015

The view from on top of Mendenhall Glacier.

Again, the challenges here are the weather (a light mist) and having to hand hold the shot.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, 2015

Exploring Mendenhall Glacier.

Here we are hiking back to our pick-up point. I want to extend a special thanks to our pilot (Sorry, I don’t remember your name)from NorthStar Trekking; she made the ride interesting and humorous too, I loved gliding in for the landing, even if one of the other passengers screamed when you announced it.

 

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